On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association, we would like to invite you to a news conference/demonstration we are organizing for Sunday, Nov. 11 on the 10th Hole to oppose the request for an easement by the Keefe Family Trust to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners are set to meet and vote Thursday, Nov. 15, on whether to grant the easement that would be a precursor to construction of a road to the Keefe property. 




WHO: Canal Shores Board members, golfers (including kids), neighbors, community leaders, environmental activists, dog walkers, joggers, nature enthusiasts, anti-paving advocates 

WHAT: News conference, demonstration, one-on-one interviews

WHEN: 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11

WHERE: 10th Hole of Canal Shores Golf Course at Maple Avenue and Golf Terrace in Wilmette.


The event will focus on efforts to protest the construction of a 60-by-426-foot area for a road on the 10th fairway of Canal Shores Golf Course because it will effectively destroy the golf hole, ruin environmentally valuable wetlands and 100-year-old oaks, and increase flooding for neighboring homes.  


The road would cost Cook County taxpayers about $700,000 – and will serve the purpose of providing access to the landlocked property owned by the Dick Keefe Development Company. Keefe proposes to build four $1-million-plus homes on the site. State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has an ownership interest in the Keefe company, according to his Statement of Economic Interests, and is Keefe’s lawyer in this matter. 


Show your support. Snow or shine!

Once we know the item is formally calendared for the Commissioners’ consideration on Nov. 15, we will keep you advised.

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BACKGROUND: Canal Shores hosts 12,000 golfers each year, conducts learn-to-play programs for 500 junior golfers annually and serves as a “community green” where walkers, joggers, dog walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers are welcome. Canal Shores was founded in 1919 on the banks of the North Channel of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Canal Shores is governed by the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association which is established as a charitable organization and qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It offers programs that celebrate the game of golf, with special programs designed for families, youth and the community. For more information on Canal Shores Golf Course and the association, visit